Hi, my name's Dave and am so happy to have found this group. Nice to meet you all.
I'm 55 years old with type 2 diabetes and kidney disease. I've had the diabetes for about 10 years and the ckd for about 4. My GFR has been ranging between 41 and 46. My diabetes is currently under control and I don't have high blood pressure. Other than lots of anxiety about my health, I feel good overall. I'm not currently under the care of a nephrologist, but have an appointment to see one in a few weeks.
I have a few questions.
1. The Arbs and Ace inhibitors... Do most people with kidney disease take them? For those that do, do you find them helpful? I've read they can lower a person's GFR, so am concerned about taking them if told by the nephrologist that I should start doing that.
2). Nuts are a big part of my diet and because their relatively low in carbs I feel they've greatly helped me keep my blood sugar under control. I was reading, however, on various websites that nuts should be avoided in people with ckd because they're high in phosphorous. I went to a Davita ckd education class recenty, however, and the counselor there told me that they're ok to eat because unlike the added phosphorous in some sodas and processed foods, a very small amount of their phosphorous is actually absorbed in the body. Any thoughts about this?
3. A recent couple lab tests showed that my PTH level is high. Is this common in people with CKD? I'm concerned.
Thanks in advance for your comments.